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  Eruption
by Edward C. Patterson
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
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A Preview of a Work in Progress - a Collection called Pacific Crimson - Forget Me Not dedicated to the WWII Veterans of the Pacific Theater


Eruption

The Night of the Battleships, Guadalcanal, Oct. 23, 1943

 

Here I lie, in the high kunai.

Emerging to the smoke and the bloody grease.

The grass like emeralds,

The parrots like charm,

Made this paradise far from harm

Had we not dug our holes and covers

Thinking the shells that zoom above

Were meant for metal, and planes and not

Our little wiki by the sea —

My shelter from the enemy.

 

But now I emerge, my buddy nearby,

We both stare out are the fallen palms,

The widow makers that have conspired

To kill us as if we did them harm,

When we only meant to eat their fruit.

Gee, I didn’t think they gave a hoot.

But now, in the aftermath of light

I shiver less, but tremble instead,

And can never stop my twitching head.

 

The jungle blasted through the dark,

Fire fell and the ground, it swelled

Like a ship at sea,

Or the end of days, which it might have been,

The final raze.

The earth engulfed me, me and Jim,

We huddled close, I to him,

And he wept and I cried,

And we heard those who died,

As the big guns at sea,

Pulverized me.

Nerves shot. Limbs shaken.

Pants wet as I lose my bacon.

And I clutch and am clutched,

For eternity, because the curtain is drawn.

 

For hours it seemed, we had this rain,

This death from the sea and the jungle insane.

And when it ended, who knew? Who cared?

We were frazzled beyond dreams we dared.

So like rats we pushed aside

The stinking boughs and the sharpened fronds

And listen to the calls and the cries beyond,

The surivors and the fallen fond.

I’m dumb. Jim’s dumb. The world’s dumb too.

I can only stare at Paradise lost.

But more has been lost than a Pacific Isle.

I lost my bacon and my generous smile.

 

So here I lie, in the high kunai

And pray if the guns go off again,

That I embrace a sniper’s dart,

Through the head or through the heart,

Because words forever fail my lips

After that night with the battleships.

 

Edward C. Patterson

 




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Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 4/22/2012
It is as though you saw through their eyes. Wonderful... lost my grandfather in WWII, never knew him. Lost my late husband due to war. Bless you for a look into what these men went through.
Love and Light

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